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Excel MODE.SNGL Function

The MODE.SNGL function returns the most frequently occurring number in a set of numbers.

mode.sngl function 1


=MODE.SNGL (number1, [number2], ...)


  • Number1 (required): The first number, cell reference, or range.
  • Number2, ... (optional): The subsequent numbers, cell references, or ranges.

Return value

The MODE.SNGL function returns a numeric value.

Function notes

  1. Arguments in the MODE.SNGL function can be supplied as numbers or names, arrays, or cell references that contain numbers. Up to 255 arguments are allowed.
  2. MODE.SNGL function ignores empty cells or cells that contain text or Logical values.
  3. Cells with value zero will be included in the calculation.
  4. The #N/A errorvalue occurs if the data set contains no repetitive numbers.
  5. The #VALUE! error value occurs if any of the supplied arguments you typed directly in the function are non-numeric, or all the supplied arguments as ranges or cell references are text.
  6. In Excel 2010, the MODE.SNGL function replaced the MODE function to improve accuracy and better reflect its usage. It is unavailable in earlier versions.


To calculate the most frequently occurring number from the numbers provided in the below table, please copy the formula below into cell E5 and press the Enter key to get the result.


mode.sngl function 2


  1. The argument in the above formula is supplied as a range that contains multiple values.
  2. We can directly input values in the arguments of the formula. The formula above can be changed to:

    =MODE.SNGL (80, 60, 70, 80, 60, 90)

  3. We can also use cell references as arguments of the formula. The formula above can be changed to:

    =MODE.SNGL (C5, C6, C7, C8, C9, C10)

  4. Unlike the MODE.MULT function, the MODE.SNGL function returns only one single number even though multiple numbers of the same mostly occurring frequency exist. And it only returns the first number of those multiple numbers.
    In the formula above, number 80 and number 60 both occur two times in the data set, but only number 80 is returned because it is the first of the two numbers to appear in the range.

Relative Functions:

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    The DEVSQ function calculates the sum of squares of the deviations from the sample mean.

  • Excel DSTDEV Function
    The DSTDEV function returns the estimated value of the standard deviation of a population based on a sample.

  • Excel DSTDEVP Function
    The Excel DSTDEVP function returns the standard deviation of a population by using the numbers from the entire database that match the given criteria you specify.


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